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Group of Weapons, &c., preserved in the Tower

Group of Weapons, &c., preserved in the Tower

Group of Weapons, &c., preserved in the Tower. A, inside view of a circular shield, in which is inserted a pistol or short gun; b, breach of pistol; c, fire-match for the purpose of igniting the gunpowder at the touch-hole; d, small grate for the purpose of enabling the bearer to take aim at his opponent; e, barrel; p, spiked mace, called Henry VIII.'s walking-stick: in the head of the mace are four barrels which could be charged with powder, &c.; g, catchbob for taking thieves: the upper part acts with a spring which, after admitting the neck of a culprit, holds it tightly in the circular part; h, cresset carried by the marching watch during the reign of Henry VIII.; i, ancient musket, on a principle similar to the revolvers in use at the present day.

Other pictures from The Progress of the Nation


Guards of the Reign of Henry VIII.

Artillery of the Tudor period

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